Syracuse-area track and cross country coach arrested on child pornography charges

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A track and cross country coach at several local schools has been arrested on child pornography charges.

31-year-old Martin Nicholson has coached at Jordan-Elbridge, Westhill and Bishop Ludden in the past.

He is not currently active as a coach, but has been for the last decade. 

Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says there were several victims.

Nicholson is facing charges of use of a child for a sexual performance, unlawful surveillance, third-degree criminal sex act, possessing child pornography and promoting the use of a child in a sexual performance. 

Fitzpatrick says one victim was coerced into taking sexually explicit photos. 

If you have not been contacted by State Police, you do not need to worry about your child being a victim. 

However, the investigation is still on-going. Your child is encouraged to come forward if they are a victim of Nicholson. 

The Westhill District issued the following statement on Tuesday: 

URGENT AND TIME SENSITIVE MESSAGE October 9, 2018 The District was informed today of the arrest of former coach, Martin Nicholson, for serious crimes involving children. We have been in contact with the District Attorney and continue to cooperate with the investigation. At this time, no Westhill students have been identified as victims. Nonetheless, the safety and security of our students is our paramount concern. Should your child have any information surrounding inappropriate interactions in person or on social media with Martin Nicholson, please contact the State Police hotline at 315-366-6000.

Bishop Ludden issued their statement in regards to the arrest: 

Bishop Ludden Jr/Sr High School and the Diocese of Syracuse were informed today of the arrest of Martin Nicholson for serious crimes involving young children. We have been in contact with the district attorney and continue to cooperate with the investigation. Should you or your child have any information surrounding any interaction in person or on social media with Martin Nicholson, please contact the State Police Hotline at (315) 366-6000. The safety and security of our students is of paramount concern.

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